EASTCHESTER, NY -- At a Press Conference on Thursday, November 17th, at 2:00 PM, The Children First Foundation will read numerous statements and letters of endorsements urging Governor Cuomo to approve its pro-adoption "New York 'Choose Life' License Plate," and will officially launch an urgent and statewide "Call Governor Cuomo Campaign" as well as a "National Petition for the Approval of the New York Choose Life License Plate." The Press Conference will be held at the Law Office of Belair & Evans, located at 61 Broadway near Zucotti Park and the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan.
Several pro-family organizations representing over 600,000 concerned New Yorkers have already endorsed the New York "Choose Life" Plate and respectfully ask the Governor to approve it along with hundreds of other blocked custom plates -- including the "9/11 Remembrance Plate" -- without further delay or further unnecessary taxpayer-funded legal fees.
Last week, capping a decade-long effort and a seven-year federal lawsuit to get its pro-adoption "Choose Life" License Plate approved in New York State, a U.S. District Court judge ordered Governor Cuomo's newly appointed DMV Commissioner, Barbara Fiala, to "approve Children First Foundation, Inc.'s preferred custom plate design that was submitted prior to the institution of the [DMV's 2004] moratorium."
Because custom license plates raise millions of dollars in annual revenue for the state, and given that the state has already forfeited potentially millions of dollars since the DMV's 2004 moratorium on all new custom plates, this should be an easy decision for Governor Cuomo and his administration. Regrettably, however, the editorial board of the Albany Times Union has just urged Governor Cuomo to appeal this decision all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
"At our press conference we will ask every pro-family and pro-liberty organization and every concerned citizen to use their telephones and cell phones, emails and letters, Facebook and Twitter to flood the Governor's Office with respectful requests to defend Freedom of Speech and Equal Treatment for all New Yorkers, not just some," said Dr. Elizabeth Rex, President of Children First.